PROCESSING BY… QFL PROCESSING
STEVE SIAMIDIS PHARMACY
Ok so maybe these aren’t ghost signs (the “processing” ones might be…). But these weathered, hand painted signs have adorned this building since at least 2000, possibly as far back as 1985, but I’m having trouble confirming that. I can’t even confirm it’s open: despite looking like it has items in-store, there is no presence online and office hours can’t be confirmed. The Siamidis family has properties and interests throughout Melbourne, some of which seem to be unoccupied. Is this just another trapped-in-time chemist? Inquiring minds want to know.
Anyway, this little corner shop on Sydney road was one of a row of shops built about 1924 (next door is that great Nestlé Chocolate sign I posted about a few weeks back).
It began as Robinson Bros’ grocer. By the mid-1940s John Robinson seems to have been running it solo. It was a corner grocer for about 30 years all told.
In 1954 Jacob “Jack” Stone opened his boys & menswear shop, calling the shop Stone’s Corner. Jacob passed away in 1966. From then it was Sam Mihelakos & co estate agency. Sam was here until at least the mid-1980s, when Steve Siamidis moved in, perhaps?
The colours, the weathered signs, the Greek letting… it’s a classic Brunswick building. It would be hard to imagine Sydney Road without it.
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